Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams On Developments in Iran and Venezuela

MS ORTAGUS: Thank you so much and good afternoon, everybody. I know we’re having this call right after we did the press conference with the Secretary and we have another briefing later today, so apologies that we’re piling all of you up today. We’re going to try to allow for as much time as possible for ...
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Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators

On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations ...
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Special Tribunal for Lebanon Verdict

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the guilty verdict handed down by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) against Hizballah operative Salim Ayyash for his role in the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This act of terrorism also claimed the lives of 21 additional victims and resulted in injuries to 226 ...
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Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)

Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)   Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019.  This is the first year that ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)   MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. Happy Thursday afternoon, everybody. We will have an on-the-record briefing today. Per usual, this is embargoed until the end of the call, please. As Secretary Pompeo indicated yesterday, ...
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Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28)

Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28) The United States condemns the act of terror carried out today in Afrin, Syria, claiming the lives of dozens of people shopping in the central market as they prepared to break the Ramadan fast. Initial reports indicate many victims were civilians, including children. Such cowardly acts of evil ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)   “The very first thing we did when we learned that Iran was being hit in a significant way with this virus was to reach out and offer humanitarian assistance…We wanted to bring technical assistance and all the things that America can bring to help save Iranian lives.” ...
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Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On the Release of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Report on Syria (April 8)

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On the Release of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Report on Syria (April 8)   MODERATOR ONE: Hi, good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for joining. Our apologies for the delay in beginning. Up front, I just want to establish the ground rules. This briefing is provided on ...
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Joint Statement on Behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the First Anniversary of ISIS’s Territorial Defeat (March 23)

Joint Statement on Behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the First Anniversary of ISIS’s Territorial Defeat (March 23)   One year ago the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, in conjunction with our local partners, liberated ISIS’s last remaining stronghold in Baghouz and crushed its territorial ambitions.  Today, nearly eight million people have been ...
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Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)   On March 18, the U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, on the following seven entities for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran. South African ...
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Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18)

Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On March 16, in response to the Iranian regime’s unacceptable nuclear escalations, the Department of Commerce is imposing restrictions on five Iranian nuclear scientists by adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List. These five individuals were involved in Iran’s pre-2004 nuclear weapons program (the “Amad Plan”) ...
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The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17)

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is designating a senior Assad regime official who is responsible for the violence and the disastrous humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions under Executive Order 13894 on ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press ...
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New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25)

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, ...
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